If you’ve been following me or my blog for a while, you probably know I do a bit of wood burning work.
In today’s post, I am going to go over how I created this butterfly wood burned sign. As well as the tools I used to make it.
Tools I Used
For this simple patterned butterfly wood burning, I used a Walnut Hollow basswood round, a wood burning pen, and a sawtooth hanger. I sometimes like to use multiple wood burning pens so I’ve linked everything I used to create this sign below.
If you’re a beginner, you don’t need a fancy wood burning kit. Over my years of burning, I’ve invested a bit more into my tools. But I only recommend doing that if you are serious about the craft.
Check out my post on beginner wood burning tools if you’re interested in starting pyrography art!
Step 1: Transfer Sketch To Wood
I don’t transfer sketches to wood for every wood burning project, but I did for this butterfly pattern because I wanted it to be as accurate as possible.
Since butterflies are symmetrical, I didn’t want to worry about it being off slightly. Trust me, it isn’t perfect because this is 100% handmade and nothing is ever truly perfect.
I created the butterfly sketch in Procreate on my iPad. I then printed the sketch and then transferred it to the wood slice. A few months ago I wrote a blog on how to transfer a pattern onto wood, so if you’re interested in learning my process on that, click the link below!
Step 2: Start Burning
I finished this burning over several days of work. This design had a lot of thin lines and delicate details. It was a fun challenge.
The piece of wood I chose was very rustic. If you can sort of tell from the pictures above and the pictures I have attached on this post, there are so many markings and knots and it truly is a beautiful piece of wood.
I actually prefer to work with a rustic piece of wood, some don’t as they think it messes with the design but personally, I think it adds to it.
Wood burning art is so unique and I’ve said many times before a piece of pyrography art can never be recreated. Firstly because it’s impossible to truly recreate a finished wood burning and second every piece of wood is different!
Step 3: Finish Off With A Sawtooth Hanger
As I do with all the signs I create, I always add a sawtooth hanger so it can be easily hung on the wall if desired. I also add my signature and year of creation on the back.
On this sign, I used a Micron Pen to sign the back, but sometimes I burn it on instead. It depends on my mood, lol.
In short, that is how I created this butterfly wood burning. This original is now up for grabs on my website! You can check out all of my available wood burning art for sale here.
Have any questions about my wood burning process? Ask your questions in the comments below and I will gladly answer if I can.
Thanks for reading!